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Audio: Managing a Caseload: A New Look at PT- PTA Teams (Recorded)
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Presenters: Edie K. Benner, PT, PhD, OCS; Janet Crosier, PT, DPT, MEd; Patrick Morgan, PT, DPT; Juli V. Robine, PTA, BA; George Schaffer, PTA


$75 Member | $120 Nonmember
No group rates are available.

0.2 CEUs (2 contact hours/CCUs) will be awarded upon successful completion of a multiple choice test. You must complete the online posttest with at least 70% accuracy in order to claim CEU credit.
Course Level:
Basic to Intermediate
Date Recorded: February 2012
Date Published: March 2012
Delivery Method:

  Audio Conference*

APTA's audio conference recordings bring the experts to you! Earn Continuing Education Units (CEUs) while listening at your own pace to recorded live audio conferences.

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*This series of audio conferences also includes precourse readings.


Course Information | Objectives | Presenter Bios | CEU Information | Course Completion Requirements | Technical Requirements
Course Information

Physical therapists and physical therapist assistants have been working together to provide physical therapy services to patients and clients since 1969. Although many different models of PT-PTA care delivery are used throughout the country, there is limited data available to indicate which models are most effective. This audio conference will describe a PT-PTA team approach to patient care delivery that focuses on patient-centered decision making, communication, and collaboration.

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Upon completion of this audio conference, you will be able to:

  1. Describe the role of the physical therapist in the direction and supervision of the physical therapist assistant.

  2. Explain the physical therapist assistant's role in the provision of patient/client care.

  3. List 5 benefits to a PT-PTA team approach to patient care.

  4. Describe patient care scenarios that demonstrate effective PT-PTA teamwork.

  5. Give 5 examples of ways to improve PT-PTA collaboration in patient/client care.

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Presenter Bio(s)

Edie Knowlton Benner, PT, PhD, OCS, is CEO and co-owner of Advanced Rehabilitation and Health Specialists in Mantua, Ohio. Her research and clinical interests include health promotion, fitness, functional outcomes, and manual therapy. Benner has held various leadership roles in the Ohio Chapter and is a past recipient of the Ohio Chapter PT of the Year award. She recently served on APTA’s Advisory Panel on Practice.

Janet Crosier, PT, DPT, MEd,is the lead specialist of PTA services in the Academic Affairs Department at the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA). She has been the staff lead on a variety of projects and programs since joining APTA in 2004, including development and management of the PTA Recognition of Advanced Proficiency and PTA Advanced Proficiency Pathways, and revision of A Normative Model of Physical Therapist Assistant Education: Version 2007 and the PTA Clinical Performance Instrument (CPI). She led development of the “Minimum Required Skills for the PTA Graduate at Entry-Level,” PTA Clinical Problem-Solving Algorithm, PTA Direction and Supervision Algorithm online training, Web-based PTA CPI, and the online course “Leading the Team: A Practical Guide for Working With a PTA.” She earned a BS in physical therapy, advanced MS in musculoskeletal physical therapy, and MEd at the University of Pittsburgh. She earned her DPT from MGI Institute of Health Professions. Previously, Crosier was director/assistant professor at the University of Pittsburgh’s PTA Program and director of rehab services at Northwest Medical Center (now UPMC Northwest). She provides vestibular physical therapy services in Kailua Kona, Hawaii, and other west Big Island communities. Her current research projects involve PTA education.

Patrick A. Morgan, PT, DPT, has been a physical therapist at Indiana University Health–Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis for 6 years. The first 3 years at Methodist, Morgan rotated between the cardiovascular/pulmonary, neurology, and orthopedic teams. For the past 3 years, he has been a nonrotating member of the inpatient ortho team. Morgan has a primary interest in the orthopedics/trauma side of patient care within this team. He is a 2006 graduate of Indiana University.

Juli Robine, PTA, BA, is chief operating officer and co-owner of Advanced Rehabilitation and Health Specialists in Mantua, Ohio. An APTA-credentialed Advanced Clinical Practitioner, she also is pursuing her masters degree in public health. Her clinical interests include health communications, fitness, and health promotion. Robine has been actively involved in the Ohio Chapter and is a past recipient of the Ohio Chapter PTA of the Year award.

Benner and Robine were the recipients of APTA’s PT-PTA Team of the Year award in 2006.


George K. Schaffer, PTA, is a Graduate of The Academy of Health and Sciences, Ft Sam Houston, San Antonio, Texas, 1990. Clinical Practice: 1990-1993, US Army Hospital, Ft. Campbell, Kentucky. This was a combination of inpatient acute care, wound care, and outpatient physical therapy. 1994-1996, subacute rehab in a small facility in Rawlins, Wyoming. 1997-2000, subacute rehab full time and PRN in an acute care hospital in Evansville, Indiana. 2000-present, Indiana University Health in Indianapolis, working in several clinical areas due to the ability to rotate within the company on several teams in several settings: neurology, cardiovascular/pulmonary, orthopedics/trauma, pediatrics, wound care and orthopedics. I am currently a nonrotator on the ortho/trauma team.

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CEU Information

On successful completion of the examination, 0.2 CEUs (2 contact hours/CCUs) and a certificate of completion will be awarded. The American Physical Therapy Association has been approved as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET), 1760 Old Meadow Road, Suite 500, McLean, VA 22102. Provider (#380).

Many state agencies recognize APTA as a recognized or approved provider for continuing education. The following state agencies have granted prior approval for this continuing education offering:

  • Ohio State Board of Physical Therapy: 14S1747
  • Oklahoma Board of Medical Licensure & Supervision: 2 Category B Hours
  • Texas Physical Therapy Association: 1609016TX
  • Nevada Board of Physical Therapy Examiners: 0.2 Units
  • California Physical Therapy Association: CPTA2014-2015
  • Pennsylvania: Denied

Please note: Licensees should verify with their state licensing board for acceptance of continuing education units by reviewing the relevant state practice act and/or administrative code.


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Course Completion Requirements

In order to successfully complete the course "Managing a Caseload: A New Look at PT- PTA Teams" you must do the following:

  • Access the course to download and read the precourse articles.
  • Listen to the recorded live audio conference and Q&A session.
  • Once you have listened to the audio conference, return to the "My Course" page in the APTA Learning Center to take the posttest and claim CEUs.
  • You must complete the online posttest with at least 70% accuracy in order to claim CEU credit.


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Technical Requirements

Computer System Requirements.

Listen to a snippet of the audio from this conference.

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